An aperiodic monotile exists! The Aperiodical. The “Einstein Hat,” “punning on the German ‘ein’ – one, ‘stein’ – stone (or tile). It’s fairly safe to predict that if the ‘einstein’ part sticks, future generations will be confused about whether Albert Einstein was involved.” Here is a video on how to construct one.
The terrible toll of the cruise ship industry High Country News
‘Everyone is kind of tired and has given up’ on COVID. But this new variant is ‘one to watch,’ the WHO says Fortune. XBB.1.16 (“Arcturus”). And not everyone.
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Study: Long COVID could involve factors other than SARS-CoV-2 infection Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
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Prior COVID-19 infection associated with increased risk of newly diagnosed erectile dysfunction Nature. Screams out for a PR offensive. Of course, that will never happen.
SARS-CoV-2 and male infertility: from short- to long-term impacts Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
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Hollywood Pretends There Is No Pandemic Violet Blue, Peste
China to examine US chipmaker Micron’s products for cybersecurity risks Channel News Asia
Prepare for a multipolar currency world Gillian Tett, FT. The deck: “The US dollar still dominates debt markets, but some niche-sounding data suggests things could be set to shift.” But see–
Will the Chinese renminbi replace the US dollar? Michael Pettis, Elgar Online. From 2022, still germane. Gentlemen prefer bonds. But not Chinese bonds:
Does this look like a reserve currency to you?
Lots of talk about USD losing reserve currency status, and the CNY gaining it.
But NOBODY wants to own Chinese bonds… pic.twitter.com/CB95cAFipy
— Jens Nordvig 🇩🇰🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@jnordvig) March 31, 2023
Unrest in France challenges Macron’s ambitions Brookings Institutions
“It’s The Thing I Will Really Miss When I Move Back To The US”: Americans Are Sharing Everyday Aspects Of Life In Europe That Feel Like Luxuries If You Didn’t Grow With Up Them Buzzfeed. #17: “Universal, government-run healthcare.” Can’t have that. Don’t these nimrods understand they’re vassal states?
New Not-So-Cold War
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Europe Close to Deciding on Peacekeeping Troops in Ukraine—Viktor Orbán Newsweek. What could go wrong?
Diplomacy Watch: Privately, experts ask White House ‘what’s the longer-term gameplan?’ Responsible Statecraft
What Is Russia’s Theory of Victory in Ukraine? Modern War Institute at West Point
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Takeaways from AP’s interview with Ukraine’s Zelenskyy AP. That photo (!):
Typically with an upward shot like that the photographer gets a halo round the subject’s head. Not this time…. And the blurred hands… Quicker than the eye? (“During an interview with Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press.”)
Depositors yank another $126 billion from US banks Yahoo News (Rev Kev).
Remote Banking Crisis Dror Poleg
The Secret Diary of a Bank Analyst Net Interest
The Trump Indictment: Making History in the Worst Possible Way Jonathan Turley
Our Famously Free Press
Twitter is dying TechCrunch. Starts out good, and ends up here: “We should also consider how the ‘rules based order’ we’ve devised seems unable to stand up to a bully intent on replacing free access to information with paid disinformation.” Who’s “we”? Do “we” really believe in a “rules-based order,” if those quotes are not airquotes? As for “bully,” could we please not personalize literally everything as a form of microaggression? As for disinformation…. Ruling class actors are a squillion times worse than, say, QAnon, if indeed a distinction exists, there. With friends like these….
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Despite OpenAI’s Promises, the Company’s New AI Tool Produces Misinformation More Frequently, and More Persuasively, than its Predecessor NewsGuard. That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
Paradigms Gone Wild London Review of Books. On Thomas Kuhn.
What Has Driven the Labor Force Participation Gap since February 2020? Federal Reserve Bank of New York
As You Grieve, Your Brain Redraws Its Neural Map Psychology Today
Scientists Found an Entirely New Way of Measuring Time Science Alert
Zillions and Zillions Online Etymology Dictionary. “You have to want to know the past like a citizen.”
Antidote du jour (PB via JU):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.